In coalition with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities and Woodstock Institute the Committee begins to investigate and advocate on behalf of greater access and affordability of homeowners insurance in minority neighborhoods in the Chicago area. The Coalition filed suit to challenge the refusal of the Department of Insurance to disclose certain data collected from homeowners insurance companies doing business in Illinois, data that reflects companies' losses broken down by zip code.
In 1998, a Lake County jury awarded the Arroyo family $6 million, the highest amount ever under the Illinois Hate Crime Act. The lawsuit charged that David Killian physically attacked two Latino youths after a serious car accident, punching the driver and kicking passenger Ricardo Arroyo, as he lay dying in the street, while shouting ethnic slurs. Project attorneys cooperated in a successful prosecution of Killian in the mixed motive hate crime.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee filed a lawsuit in 1998 which argued that the Chicago Fire Department's use of a very high cut score on the 1995 firefighter entrance exam discriminated against African Americans. We filed the case on behalf of African Americans who scored between 65 and 89 on the test. There are nearly 7,000 African Americans in the plaintiff class.